Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) are voluntary, employee-led groups that bring together employees who share an interest in a specific dimension of diversity. The most popular networks support women, LGBTQ+ employees, racialized employees, or specific ethnic communities. Other examples include networks based on age, ability status, parental status, religion, or thinking style.
ERGs are also known as affinity groups, employee networks, business resource groups, or people networks. These different names highlight their evolution and how ERGs serve both their members and organization.
Not all groups that bring employees together are considered ERGs. The key issue is whether the group has been historically disadvantaged and faces additional barriers in the workplace and life.
For more information see ERG Playbook >>